Kids in make-up

I believe that as parents we have a right to make our children look good. But sometimes we cross the line when it comes to how we dress our children, and they tend to look like little adults.

How do you explain a toddler with relaxed hair, a 3-year-old with a weave on and even children with make-up on, in high heels or sporting braids. When it comes to braids I really feel for these young kids because putting them on is quite painful and takes time.

There is just nothing cute about that, kids should be kids and look cute in character clothing or clothes meant for their age. As young children we wanted to play with mom’s make-up and play dress up at home but mom would not allow us to leave the house looking like that.

Playing dress up is pretty normal and most young girls and boys do it and there is innocence in it and I think the operative word there is ‘playing’. What message are we passing on to our children if we allow them to go out there dressed inappropriately?

We give in on most of our children’s demands but we need some form of control as parents. I am sure there is a toddler with false nails out there. What are we turning our children into? Is this perhaps a progression from face painting we see in mall and parks for children where they will have characters on their faces – now that is cute.

It is often so easy to blame the media when it comes to what is being sold out there and the influence it has but what parental role are you playing? This is your child at the end of the day and you need to take control and set boundaries. When they are teenagers I am sure we will be moving onto boob jobs if we allow things like this with our toddlers.

Even celebrities have joined this movement of dressing up young kids like adults. Not too long ago we saw a picture of Suri Cruise with a lipstick on, and then a British celeb named Jordan whose 2-year-old had false eye lashes. Is this really what we want our children to look like? I know the power celebrities hold over us and we want to move with the times and trends but this is one trend I believe we need to exercise a clear NO on.

It worries me that we are passing on the wrong message about beauty onto our kids.
There is nothing wrong with enhancing our beauty but at an age-appropriate time.

Where do you draw the line when it comes to ’beautifying’ children?

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